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When applying for a birth certificate, death certificate, marriage certificate, or divorce certificate copy, keep in mind that not every vital records office offers a comprehensive range of services. Some offices may also have a limited date range available. Call Rochester Vital Records before you apply to make sure they have access to the vital records you need. If they do not, please select another office from our directory.
To prepare for your visit to Rochester Vital Records, you should make sure you have all of the necessary documents. You will need a completed local application form, proof of residency (such a utility bill or mortgage statement), and a government-issued photo ID. If you want to avoid the long lines and wait times, plan to visit early in the morning. You will also need payment for the application fees, which vary by location.
Each state has its own vital record issuance policies. So you may receive your certificate copies by mail or in-person at your appointment. To determine your expected wait time, check this website.